These are the best ribs! Baking low and slow is our secret to fall-off-the-bone oven baked ribs. Jump to the Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe, or watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make them.
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Secrets for making tender ribs in the oven
Some might have the impression that ribs are one of those dishes that should be left to the “pit masters” — it’s just not true. Baking ribs in the oven is seriously easy. All you need is time — 95% of the recipe time is sitting back and relaxing waiting while the ribs bake. Let’s do this!
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By the way, we have quite a few pork recipes on the blog. If you love pork chops, check out this easy baked recipe or see how we make them in a skillet. We also love pork tenderloin. It’s fast and simple to make. Here’s a pork tenderloin recipe with apples and onions or you can see this similar recipe that incorporates the classic combination of peppers and onions. Both are delicious. Finally, if you are short on time, try our pork tacos. We use ground pork to make them so dinner is done fast!
We learned how to make oven baked ribs from Steamy Kitchen and have never looked back! So we suggest you prep the ribs, pick out a favorite movie, open a beer, and relax until done.
These baked ribs are so easy — all you need is time. We bake the ribs before adding any sauce, then when they are baked, we brush on our favorite barbecue sauce.
You can use the barbecue sauce suggested in the recipe below (it’s so simple to make) or use your favorite homemade or store-bought sauce. You can also season the ribs with your favorite BBQ rub. We keep them simple in the video and only use salt and pepper, but you can always add more flavor with a spice rub.
How to remove the membrane
For the most tender ribs, we remove the thin membrane covering the rack. It can be a bit tough when cooked and since we really love ribs that literally fall of the bone, the membrane has to go.
To remove it, use a knife to gently slide under the membrane then using your fingers pull the membrane away from the bones. If slippery or difficult to remove, use a kitchen towel to take hold of it and pull.
By the way, you might actually find that the butcher or shop you bought your ribs from has already removed the membrane. Less work for you! If you prefer your ribs to have a little bite/chewiness then you might prefer the membrane left on. It’s all up to you!
How we cook ribs in the oven
Cooking ribs in the oven could not be easier. Here’s how we do it in our kitchen:
- Remove the membrane (remember, this ensures fall-off-the-bone ribs).
- Generously season both sides with salt and pepper. This is also a great opportunity for adding more flavor with your favorite spice rub.
- Cover the ribs with aluminum foil.
- Bake the ribs at a low temperature (275F) for 3 to 4 hours or until they are tender.
- Slather the baked ribs with barbecue sauce, and then broil (or grill) the ribs for a few minutes until the sauce is caramelized.
Sweet and spicy barbecue sauce
You can use any barbecue sauce you like, but for us, we like to cook up our quick sweet and spicy sauce — it only takes a few minutes. It combines ketchup, brown sugar, chili sauce (like Sriracha), and spices. We’ve shared how to make it in the recipe.
You could always make a double batch of the sauce and serve with chicken, on a burger or as a dip for fries. In fact, we make a similar sauce to coat our Brown Sugar Barbecue Wings. Another option is our Homemade Bacon Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Recipe (it’s decadent and delicious!). We used that sauce for our Bacon Bourbon Oven Baked Ribs.
What to serve with ribs
We love these ribs. Here are some of our favorite dishes to serve alongside them:
- You can never go wrong with potato salad. Try our Creamy Potato Salad or this Mayo-free Herby Potato Salad
- Pasta salad is also a favorite around here. For a veggie packed salad, try our Easy Pasta Salad or for a creamier salad, this Easy Creamy Macaroni Salad
- Anytime I have hearty meat dishes, I love serving them with a big salad. Throw your favorite salad greens into a big bowl and serve alongside one of these homemade dressings: Honey Mustard, Creamy Blue Cheese or try my favorite Homemade Ranch.
What our readers are saying
If you don’t believe that our recipe helps you achieve perfect oven baked ribs at home, take a look at what our readers are saying about the recipe! More reviews are in the comments section below.
“These are the best ribs I’ve ever made!” – Nick
“My first time making ribs and it couldn’t have been easier or tastier.” – M.B.
“This is the best recipe for ribs that I have found. It is so easy and absolutely delicious!” – Jackie
“Quite literally fall off the bone goodness.” – Jessica
“OMG! These ribs are incredible!!!” – Lupita
Back in the day, we were contributors to Betty Crocker. We shared a similar version of this recipe with them. We loved it so much we had to share an adapted version with you.
Recipe updated, originally posted September 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne